The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the official humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

ADRA New Zealand works as part of the global ADRA network. Through this network, our reach extends into more than 130 countries. We exist to serve humanity, so all may live the way God intended. We work to change lives at home & overseas, by inspiring and collaborating with others to responsibly facilitate transformational development and relief projects.

Our Purpose

‘Serving humanity so all may live as God intended’.

Our Values

Connected – Courageous – Compassionate

Being connected means:

Living the vision and mission of ADRA.
Having clear expectations of each other: mutual accountability
Transparency through open communication and understanding of our operations.

Being courageous is signified by:

Acting with agility; in trusting relationships that allow for delegated decisions on behalf of all.
Boldly leading innovative change in a disrupted world.
Protecting and advocating for the rights of our beneficiaries, partners, and employees.

Compassion is displayed through:

Solidarity with the people and communities we serve through our vision and mission.
Being ‘alongside’ our employees,
Genuinely caring for each other.

ADRA New Zealand’s board is accountable for the achievement of our purpose as outlined in our constitution.

That being, to reduce poverty by serving people and communities in need, by the provision of humanitarian, development and relief aid and assistance in New Zealand and overseas without regard to ethnic, political, racial or religion association or qualification.

With the exception of ex-officio members (which are selected from specified leadership positions within the Seventh-day Adventist Church), Board members provide their services on a voluntary basis.

Experience represented on the ADRA Board includes international development, community and emergency management, administration, finance, legal, research and marketing.

Meet Our Board

ADRA is people – staff, volunteers, supporter and project participants working together to make amazing things happen.

Our highly experienced leadership team works together to design, monitor and implement transformational projects that help people thrive. None of this would be possible without the amazing volunteers and others who partner with us. You can read more about our people in our Annual Report.

Join with us in restoring communities by working with us, volunteering your time or joining a supporter circle.

See Our People